Oct 17, 2014

Falling oil prices shaking up global economies

A sudden plunge in the price of oil is sending economic and political shockwaves around the world. Oil exporting countries are bracing for potentially crippling budget shortfalls and importing nations are benefiting from the lowest prices in four years. The global price of oil ...

Oct 15, 2014

American shot dead in Saudi capital, another wounded: police

A gunman shot dead one American and wounded another at a filling station in the Saudi capital on Tuesday, in a rare attack on Westerners in the kingdom, police said. The victims worked for Vinnell Arabia, a U.S.-Saudi joint venture that provides training for ...

Oct 14, 2014

Saudi Arabia's oil enigma

by John Kemp

Saudi Arabia is sometimes likened to a central bank managing the global oil market, adding or withdrawing supplies to control prices. But that vastly overstates the degree of influence, let alone control, that the kingdom exercises over the market.

Oct 10, 2014

Rights group: Saudi silencing peaceful activists

Saudi Arabia is waging a “systematic and ruthless campaign of persecution” against peaceful activists in order to silence criticism of the state in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, Amnesty International said Friday. The rights group released a new 20-page report, titled ...

Oct 5, 2014

Muslims celebrate Eid as hajj pilgrimage nears end

Muslims around the world celebrated the start of Islam’s biggest holiday on Saturday as more than 2 million pilgrims took part in one of the final rites of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, commemorates what Muslims ...

Saudi Arabia fears Yemen tumult may boost its main foe Iran

| Oct 2, 2014

Saudi Arabia fears Yemen tumult may boost its main foe Iran

The capture of Yemen’s capital by rebels with ties to Iran has jolted Saudi Arabia, prompting a scramble by Riyadh to prevent its Shiite Muslim rival from exploiting the takeover to make trouble in the kingdom’s backyard. The Sunni Muslim country is also concerned ...

Sep 25, 2014

U.S.-led airstrikes target IS oil refineries in Syria

The United States, joined by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, resumed bombing raids against Islamic State jihadists in Syria on Wednesday, with warplanes targeting oil refineries held by the group, the Pentagon said. The U.S.-led airstrikes for the first time hit oil ...

Sep 4, 2014

U.S. citizen among 24 jailed over Saudi 'terror cell'

A Riyadh court jailed 24 people, including a U.S. citizen, for up to 27 years Wednesday for forming a “terrorist cell” and attempting to attack Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, state media said. The defendants, sentenced to at least two years in prison, also include ...

Top Saudi cleric calls Islamic State, al-Qaida enemies of Islam

Aug 20, 2014

Top Saudi cleric calls Islamic State, al-Qaida enemies of Islam

Saudi Arabia’s top cleric said Tuesday that extremism and the ideologies of groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaida are Islam’s No. 1 enemy and that Muslims have been their first victims. Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul-Aziz al-Sheik also said in his public statement that ...